At RSC, we believe in arming you with the tools you need to safely navigate the roads in any season, from our dashcam technology to simple safety tips to keep in mind. Keeping prepared becomes even more important during the winter months, when driving conditions are often less than ideal. We’ve compiled some quick tips to help you ensure your car is winter-ready.
Invest in winter tires
These tires are designed specifically to allow you to maintain control in snow, ice, and rain. Their soft rubber compound allows them to stay flexible, even in extreme cold. They also have unique tread patterns and wider grooves, which means there are more places for snow and ice to move through. For best results, remember to maintain correct tire pressure throughout the season.
Stock up on de-icer
No one enjoys trying to open a door that is iced shut. You can purchase store-bought de-icer for both your windshield and your door, or you can easily whip up a homemade version: two parts rubbing alcohol, one part water. Either way, it’s a good idea to keep some in your car and some on your person.
Check your windshield wipers
Examine them for cracks or tears and replace them if necessary. Make sure to always have lots of extra windshield washer fluid in your car.
Check your oil
Schedule oil changes at least every three months, and in the winter, consider getting oil made specifically for lower temperatures. Oil thickens as it gets colder, and this can decrease effectiveness.
Put together an emergency kit
Include a blanket, extra boots, gloves and clothes, water, food, an ice scraper, a small shovel, a flashlight, windshield washer fluid, extra wipers, flares, jumper cables, tire chairs, a tire gauge, a first aid kit, and a bag of abrasive material (sand, salt, non-clumping litter) and keep it in your car in case you get stuck.
Check your battery
Ensure connections are free of corrosion. If the battery is more than three years old, ask your mechanic to run a quick test to see how well it can hold a charge.
Check your defroster and heater
Confirm that they are both working properly, even if your car is fairly new.
Keep your gas tank full
Condensation can form and then freeze in the empty part of your tank, potentially causing fuel lines to ice over and preventing your car from starting.
Schedule a tune up
This should include: checking the brakes, engine, cooling system, belts, hoses and wiring.
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